Keith Loria

About Keith Loria

Keith Loria is a freelance writer and theatre lover who has written about everything from business to sports to real estate with a lot of entertainment writing thrown into the mix. Recent notable theatre interviews include legendary actor Ben Vereen, Broadway make-up artist Angelina Avallone and the extraordinary Idina Menzel. When not writing, Keith can be found playing with his daughters, Jordan and Cassidy.

How Mad Men inspired Chris Stezin’s Mack, Beth, debuting at Keegan Theatre

Chris Stezin cut his teeth professionally as an actor doing Shakespeare for about six years all over the country, which instilled in him a deep reverence for the work. “I started performing Shakespeare in college and then worked a lot as a professional,” he says. “I think there’s no better training for an actor. I […]

Kirsten Greenidge on adapting the beloved Bud, Not Buddy for the stage

When Christopher Paul Curtis wrote the children’s book, Bud, Not Buddy, in 1999 it quickly became a darling among book critics and beloved by families everywhere. The cherished book won two prestigious awards: the 2000 John Newbery Medal for Excellence in Children’s Literature and the Coretta Scott King Award.

Think you know Roe v Wade? What the two stars of Roe at Arena Stage learned about the women who made the landmark case

Although Roe v. Wade is considered one of the Supreme Court’s most landmark cases, and there’s probably been as much written and debated about the case as any other in history, aside from their names, many aren’t that familiar with the two women who changed history.

Synetic’s Sleeping Beauty a holiday treat for all ages

Since its beginning in 2001, Synetic Theater has included, among its unforgettable visceral offerings, shows targeted for younger audiences including the much ballyhooed Alice in Wonderland and Beauty & The Beast, both with little to no dialogue.

Alan Paul on directing Tom Story in Fully Committed at MetroStage

When MetroStage’s artistic director Carolyn Griffin  pursued staging Becky Mode’s comedy Fully Committed, a huge hit on Broadway this year with Jesse Tyler Ferguson playing a myriad of 40 characters, she knew who she wanted in the Ferguson role: DC fave Tom Story with Alan Paul as the show’s director.

Giving each other a gift as loving as its inspiration, Helen and Eli Pafumi team up for The Magi at Hub

A few years ago Helen Murray Pafumi, Artistic Director for the Hub Theatre, first started considering doing a stage version of O. Henry’s classic The Gift of the Magi. Then she changed her mind.

Director David Catlin on staging Moby Dick high in the air

In the annals of American literature, most agree that Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, written by Herman Melville in 1851, is one of the greatest masterpieces of all-time. The classic story follows Ishmael telling the tale of the obsessive quest of Ahab, captain of the whaler the Pequod, seeking revenge on the white whale that bit off his leg at […]

Time for a laugh. Rex Daugherty directs quirky Dublin comedy Little Thing, Big Thing

Little Thing, Big Thing, a dark comic crime thriller by Dublin playwright Donal O’Kelly follows a thief and a nun who are thrown into impossible circumstances with immense odds against them. “The plot is huge. It has gun fights and chase scenes and a heist gone awry,” Daugherty says. “It’s great to set up a huge challenge like […]

A future world of few words: Colin Hovde and Finegan Kruckemeyer on Where Words Once Were at The Kennedy Center

Where Words Once Were, commissioned by The Kennedy Center from Irish Australian playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer, tells the story of young Orhan, who lives in a world where words are both very precious and very dangerous. 

Open Circle Theatre’s groundbreaking The Who’s Tommy. Russell Harvard stars

When Open Circle Theatre announced it was staging The Who’s Tommy, OCT’s artistic director Suzanne Richard also announced she had cast Broadway actor Russell Harvard in the title role of the infamous “deaf, dumb, blind kid who sure plays a mean pinball.”

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